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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Willem Dafoe
Frances O'Connor
Sam Neill.
Directors
Daniel Nettheim.
Screenwriters
Alice Addison.
Running Time
101 minutes

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The Hunter
Crouching tiger, hidden Dafoe


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Plot
Martin David (Dafoe) is commissioned by a dodgy biotech corporation to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger, believed by most to be extinct. Lodging with depressed widow Lucy (O'Connor) and her two children blindly awaiting their father's return from the forests, David also ends up caught in an environmental crossfire and with a tracker (Neill) who seems to have it in for him. You guessed it, the hunter becomes the hunted.


Review
The Hunter
Hired gun Martin David (Willem Dafoe) is commissioned by an unethical biotech outfit to hunt and kill the last of a supposedly extinct species, the Tasmanian tiger. Venturing into dangerous forests he seeks the animal, and comes to understand his own position as an endangered species. Adapted from a novel by Julia Leigh (writer-director of Sleeping Beauty) and skilfully directed by Daniel Nettheim, this is a quiet, philosophical thriller with a great sense of desolate landscape, fine, low-key performances and a slightly elusive message about finding yourself in the wilderness.


Verdict
A slow-burning, beautifully shot, understated philosophical thriller.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Posted by ChicksHands at 02:14, 09 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: A slow-burning, beautifully shot, understated philosophical thriller.

It's a 4 star film, I'd say - quite low key, but 'real' in the sense that it is grounded in the Tasmanian landscape, with believable characters and a truly brilliant central turn by Dafoe. Really, the film is all about him, and nothing is made explicit. It's his quiet, stoic subtleties that speak volumes. Yeah, bits of it (especially the end) are a bit cheesy and plot-devicey, but overall the ton of slow burning melancholoy, the earthy performances and the unflashy enviornmental message ... More

Posted by bennyboy1971 at 09:13, 10 July 2012 | Report This Post


A slow-burning, beautifully shot, understated philosophical thriller.

I agree. So why only 3 fucking stars? ... More

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Posted by BatSpider at 11:49, 07 July 2012 | Report This Post


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